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These are the original messages Eric sent out when Dad first became sick:
I am writing to provide you with an update about my dad, Barney Anderson (https://www.facebook.com/barney.anderson.3?fref=mentions
). This is somewhat overdue as many of you would have liked to know what was going on earlier, but sometimes you don’t know when to say something and when not to. Anyway, here is what is going on:
My folks were in Durango visiting Kristen Anderson (https://www.facebook.com/kristen.anderson.796569?fref=mentions
) earlier this month and while they were there they went out to dinner at a local restaurant and dad got food poisoning. Yes, you read that correctly, dad lives full-time in Mexico and got food poisoning in the US. Maybe Mexico should build a wall to keep out all the US toxins… Anyway, he was hospitalized initially for dehydration as a result of the food poisoning on April 7th, and then sent home the following day, but readmitted on the 9th with more severe symptoms related to the food poisoning and has remained hospitalized since then. A combination of acute dehydration and toxins from the food poisoning have created havoc with his body, interfering with his kidney functionality and causing a temporary mental state that includes significant confusion, hallucinations, etc. He has been more or less unaware of where he is and unable to communicate intelligibly since late last Thursday.
He has been getting 4 hours of dialysis every day for the last few days to help clean toxins from his blood with the hope that his kidneys will recover, and as a result he seems to be regaining some of his words, although his confusion remains as of today. As many of you know, Kristen is a Pharm.D. and it’s been wonderful to have her ability to communicate with the doctors here in their own language.
Ultimately the doctors here at Mercy Medical in Durango are optimistic that dad will recover, although of course life offers no guarantees. Based on his current condition, he will almost certainly remain in the hospital for another week, possibly longer – we’re taking it one day at a time. Phyllis Anderson (https://www.facebook.com/phyllis.anderson.562?fref=mentions
) is staying with Kristen at her home in Durango, as am I at least through Thursday. We will keep you updated, but none of us are great at communicating through Facebook, so feel free to call or text me if you want more specific information – 720-470-9872.
If you are local and want to stop by for a visit, please call or text beforehand so that we can be sure the timing is right.
In the meantime, please keep Barney in your thoughts and prayers. Maybe sign Trump up for a subscription to Huffington Post in dad’s name or something along those lines. He’d like that.